The San Francisco 49ers have a quarterback situation on their hands.
By the start of the 2022 offseason, their plan of trading Jimmy Garoppolo away was set in stone.
They were hoping that teams will show interest, given that he led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game.
In turn, head coach Kyle Shanahan would work with Trey Lance on offense.
But as free agency reaches its second week, other NFL teams looked elsewhere to acquire a play-caller.
There are not a lot of quarterback spots open around the league, meaning that Garoppolo will likely stay in San Francisco for the 2022 season.
When that happens, Shanahan will have a dilemma on his hands, as NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport shared.
#49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, here at the NFC coaches breakfast, says he sees a scenario where Jimmy Garoppolo is on the roster in 2022 and acknowledges the surgery delayed trade talks. As for if both Trey Lance and Jimmy G are on the roster, Shanahan declines to name a starter.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 29, 2022
Rapoport said, “#49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, here at the NFC coaches breakfast, says he sees a scenario where Jimmy Garoppolo is on the roster in 2022 and acknowledges the surgery delayed trade talks. As for if both Trey Lance and Jimmy G are on the roster, Shanahan declines to name a starter.”
Garoppolo delayed surgery on his throwing shoulder because of the Niners’ playoff run.
However, it would take time before teams are convinced that he is ready for another long season.
They would need to see him actually going through some quarterback motions before they reach out to the 49ers.
Will It Be Jimmy Or Trey?
But with the way things are going, it looks like the starting position will be up for grabs between Garoppolo and Lance.
This time, can the second-year player beat out the veteran?
On paper, Garoppolo is still the better option between the two.
Yet if he starts another season, then trading up for Lance was a waste of draft capital.
Shanahan is in a tough situation if the two quarterbacks will still be on the roster by the start of offseason workouts.